Siksikpuk River

Occurrence, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Pb; Zn
Other commodities Ba
Ore minerals galena; pyrite; sphalerite

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale CL
Latitude 68.3
Longitude -150.2
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Location and accuracy Located at headwaters of Siksikpuk River, 8.7 km northwest of Inualuruk Mountain. Known to within one mile.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

Red-brown concretions in Kayak Shale are confined to an approximately 6 m-thick section of black shale. They range from 4 cm rounded forms to 7.5 x 38 cm flattened, elongate forms. The concretions contain quartz, calcite, barite, siderite, and pyrite as septarian fracture fillings along with minor sphalerite and trace galena. At the base of the shale, a 10 cm-thick red-brown cherty ironstone bed contains minor sphalerite. The ironstone bed is exposed along strike for 6 m.
Geologic map unit (-150.202797798888, 68.2995982817987)
Mineral deposit model Sediment-hosted Pb-Zn.
Age of mineralization Mississippian.

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration Sulfide-bearing concretions contain 1.3 percent Zn, more than 2,000 ppm Ba, and 52 ppm Pb. The ironstone bed contains 1,357 ppm Zn.
Indication of production None